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BRIGHTON BITES: Phoebe Marsh – The Daddy Blues

Our Brighton Bites series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at England’s largest arts festival. Phoebe Marshtells us about her show,The Daddy Blues, which she will be performing at The Marlborough Theatre.


How would you describe your show in one sentence?

If masculinity met artificial intelligence in a karaoke bar and made sweet but awkward coitus behind the jukebox my show would be the resulting lovechild.

Is this your first visit to Brighton Fringe, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?

This is my first time at Brighton Fringe and I have no idea what to expect! I’ve been told the standard of work is fantastic, and it’s a really inclusive atmosphere.

How has the show developed on the way to Brighton?

I started working on The Daddy Blues a year or so ago. Since then, the show – and my relationship to it – has shifted. Although the impetus to make something absurd and funny out of crappy experiences continues to be strong, this project has surprised me by becoming about more than just my bad dad, or even bad dads in general. I’ve chewed over ideas around identity, ethics, complicity, blame, responsibility, gender, expectations, and agency. All while compiling a banging soundtrack. And worrying about Freud. It’s become a show of brains, heart, and guts. Literally.

How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?

I’ve gone back into the rehearsal room to work on the show, it needs a bit of surgery- nothing too invasive- just a tighten and a tweak here and there.Other than that I’ve been running lines and stretching a bit. I’m pumped.

What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?

Regardless of the sci-fi logic in a fantasy world run by a mad scientist- the beating heart of this show is it’s about those tough complex relationships we are all trying to navigate- fatherhood-masculinity-gender-blame. There is not one person who will see the show and not find a connection to their own narrative.

What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?

I basically want to set up camp under the stage at The Marlborough and live there for theentiretyof the fringe. I will survive on the glitter and sweat of the amazing performers they have lined up. I can’t tell you how chuffed I am to be performing at this venue.

If your show was a flavour of Brighton Rock, what would it be?

When I was a little girl my favourite sweet (from a proper confectioner) was a sort of hard candy with a soft chocolate filling. That sounds about right.

The Daddy Bluestakes place at The Brighton Fringe – 4-5 June 2016

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